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Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 after 10 years

Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 after 10 years”

Windows 7 has just received its last set of security updates.

After Adobe today releases its first Patch Tuesday updates for 2020, Microsoft has now also published its January security advisories warning billions of users of new vulnerabilities in its various products. According to some reports, the number of Windows users still running variants of Windows 7 and Windows 8 now hovers around 30%. Don't expect any patches or help from Microsoft if any issues arise. "Windows 7 is a refinement of Windows Vista, whereas Vista was meant to be revolutionary".

The Australian Cyber Security Centre warned in October that adversaries could use "unpatched security vulnerabilities" in Windows 7 to target users.

But besides faking file signatures, the bug could also be used to fake digital certificates used for encrypted communications.

The support for Windows 7 ends on Tuesday, January 14, and it means that millions of people who are still using this version need to take action.

You can continue to use Windows 7, but after the end of support, your PC will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.

In a statement to KrebsOnSecurity, Microsoft said: "Through our Security Update Validation Program (SUVP), we release advance versions of our updates for the goal of validation and interoperability testing in lab environments". But there is no guarantee that will happen with Windows 7. The 10-year-old operating system officially reaches end-of-life tomorrow, although it will get this extraordinarily serious patch, whatever it turns out to be.

Some Windows users may not want to upgrade to Windows 10 as it is quite hungry for Telemetry data.

The menu will tell the user which browser version they're running, with the option to click "Restart to update Firefox" if necessary.

Don't worry, if you're still on Windows 7, you can score a free upgrade all the way up to Windows 10. Google announced recently that it will support Chrome on Windows 7 for at least 18 months, and programs like Steam, Firefox, and even Microsoft Edge will continue to be supported for the time being.

In order to run Windows 10, PCs must have a 1GHz processor, 16GB of hard drive space, and 1GB of RAM memory.

Windows 10 has a vibrant new design and offers greater functionality than its predecessor.

Lastly, if you're still riding along with Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 for whatever reason, this free Windows 10 upgrade method will work for you as well.

The NSA and Microsoft said they had not seen any evidence that the flaw had previously been abused, but both urged Windows users to deploy the update as soon as possible.



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